31 days in Nicaragua Itinerary

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Fly to Augusto C. Sandino (Managua) International Airport, Drive to Matagalpa
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Matagalpa
— 4 nights
Bus to Managua, Fly to Puerto Cabezas
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Puerto Cabezas
— 2 nights
Fly
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Granada
— 5 nights
Fly
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El Castillo
— 3 nights
Fly
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Little Corn Island
— 2 nights
Fly
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San Juan del Sur
— 4 nights
Bus to San Jorge, Ferry to Isla de Ometepe
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Isla de Ometepe
— 5 nights
Bus
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Leon
— 5 nights
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Matagalpa — 4 nights

Pearl of the North

Nicaragua's second city, Matagalpa offers an authentic window into the country's cultural and natural heritage.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Iglesia San Rafael del Norte and La Cascada de la Luna. Step out of Matagalpa with an excursion to Cerro De La Cruz in Jinotega--about 58 minutes away. There's much more to do: take in the awesome beauty at Cerro Apante, see the interesting displays at National Coffee Museum, make a trip to Mirador El Calvario, and pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral.

For maps, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Matagalpa online day trip planner.

Miami, USA to Matagalpa is an approximately 9-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Miami in October; daily highs in Matagalpa reach 79°F and lows reach 67°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) early enough to travel to Puerto Cabezas.
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Puerto Cabezas — 2 nights

Puerto Cabezas is a municipality in Nicaragua. Start off your visit on the 6th (Thu): gain insight with Adventurenica and then explore the activities along Bocanita Beach.

To find photos, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Puerto Cabezas trip planner.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Matagalpa to Puerto Cabezas in 6 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and bus; or drive. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Matagalpa in October, with highs in Puerto Cabezas at 86°F and lows at 76°F. You'll set off for Granada on the 7th (Fri).
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Granada — 5 nights

La Gran Sultana

The lakeside city of Granada has the look and feel of a historically important economic and political center, with grand colonial architecture, a unified look, and many cultural attractions.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Guadalupe Church and Soy Nica. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Granada: Masaya (Museo del Parque Volcan De Masaya & Masaya Volcano) and Mirador de Catarina (in Catarina). There's still lots to do: add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, stroll the grounds of Cementerio De Granada, steep yourself in history at Old Railway Station, and appreciate the history behind monument of Cordoba.

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Traveling by flight from Puerto Cabezas to Granada takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to El Castillo.
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El Castillo — 3 nights

Explore hidden gems such as Castillo de la Inmaculada Concepción and Reserva Biologica Indio Maiz. Go for a jaunt from El Castillo to San Carlos to see San Carlos Sport Fishing about 1h 20 min away.

For more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our El Castillo road trip planner.

Getting from Granada to El Castillo by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight to Little Corn Island.
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Little Corn Island — 2 nights

The smaller of two islands, Little Corn Island has become more popular than its larger neighbor, with international visitors seeing it as the more authentic, wilder, and more scenic landmass.
On the 16th (Sun), see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour and then soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

To find more things to do and more tourist information, you can read our Little Corn Island tour planning site.

Traveling by flight from El Castillo to Little Corn Island takes 6 hours. In October, daytime highs in Little Corn Island are 86°F, while nighttime lows are 76°F. You will leave for San Juan del Sur on the 17th (Mon).
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San Juan del Sur — 4 nights

Set in a crescent-shaped bay, San Juan del Sur has become known as a popular surfing spot and coastal holiday destination for Nicaraguan families and international visitors alike.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Spas & Wellness and The Art Warehouse. Explore San Juan del Sur's surroundings by going to Museo de Antropologia e Historia (in Rivas), Hacienda Iguana Golf (in Tola) and Popoyo Beach (in Popoyo). The adventure continues: see what you can catch with Extreme Nicaraguan Adventures, stroll through Playa Hermosa, and look for all kinds of wild species at La Flor Beach Natural Reserve.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the San Juan del Sur visit planning site.

Fly from Little Corn Island to San Juan del Sur in 2.5 hours. In October, daytime highs in San Juan del Sur are 86°F, while nighttime lows are 76°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) to allow time to travel to Isla de Ometepe.
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Isla de Ometepe — 5 nights

Isla de Ometepe may be small in size, but it boasts two large volcanoes that dominate its landscape and influence the local lifestyle.
Explore hidden gems such as Chico Largo Adventure and Rio Istian. Spend the 22nd (Sat) wandering through the wild on Dinarte's Rental. There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at El Ceibo Museums, wander the streets of Los Ramos, take in the dramatic scenery at Cascada de San Ramon, and admire the natural beauty at Parque Central.

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Traveling by combination of bus and ferry from San Juan del Sur to Isla de Ometepe takes 3 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to take a bus to Leon.
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Leon — 5 nights

A cultured and storied city, Leon attracts guests from all over the world, drawn to the second city's style, thriving intellectual life, and liveliness.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Telica Volcano and Calvary Church - Sweet Name of Jesus. Get out of town with these interesting Leon side-trips: Juan Venado Island Nature Reserve (in Las Penitas), Hervideros de San Jacinto (in San Jacinto) and Flor de Cana Tour (in Chinandega). And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Museo Ruben Dario, stop by Buho Books, get a new perspective on nature at Museo Entomologico de Leon, and pause for some serene contemplation at Church The Recollection.

For reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Leon online road trip planner.

Getting from Isla de Ometepe to Leon by bus takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Leon can reach 88°F, while at night they dip to 75°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Mon) so you can fly back home.
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Nicaragua travel guide

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Churches · Volcanos · Specialty Museums
Still emerging as a major tourist destination, Nicaragua, the largest country in Central America, entices travelers with its rich history and remarkable natural beauty just waiting to be discovered. A holiday in Nicaragua allows you to explore a vibrant culture, scenic beaches, and plenty of spots off the beaten path. Majestic volcanoes, lakes, and forests offer numerous chances for exploration and exciting adventures, while major cities boast splendid colonial architecture. With access to coastlines on both the Pacific and the Caribbean, a vacation in Nicaragua appeals to those looking for thrilling surfing experiences, dramatic views, or a chance to spread out on a deserted tropical beach.
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